The setting can vary- it can be 1900's, or it can be 1950's, or it can be 1800's. I'm happy with any of those, even modern day. They are very deep in their religious belief- very old testament. He believes that in order to guide his wife, he needs to beat her. They have very conservative values- no birth control, no skirts or pants for her, no television (if modern day), or if any, it's very limited. We will discuss more of what is wanted in this RP, for both of us. :) We can start off new in the marriage, or otherwise.
So how does he keep his wife in line? Why... with his belt, of course! :)